Rich Toward God: Don’t worry

This is the second of a three-part series on the parable of the rich fool. Last week we looked at what prompted Jesus to tell this story and the story itself. This week we’ll examine one part of Jesus’ post-parable words that...

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Rich Toward God: Abundance and focus

This is the first blog in a three-part series examining the parable of the rich man and considering how this story and the way Jesus presents it can guide us. The parable can be found in Luke 12. A businessman has more success than he anticipated and in order to...

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Worthy of Repair

Hi friends! Although I have been a part of the BFJN community, serving as the Associate Director for just about a year now, this is my first time writing in our blog space, aside from some reflections that I shared last week. What a blessing and honor it is to be...

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Happy New Year 2023!

The time leading up to ringing in the New Year is often a time to look back and consider what has been and to look forward and dream or plan for what is to come. It’s a good practice, not just for December 31st but in general. Since we are edging up to 12/31/22 we...

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Advent Conspiracy – Giving more and Loving all

Truly He taught us to love one another; His law is love and His Gospel is Peace Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother And in His name, all oppression shall cease Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we Let all within us Praise His Holy name Christ...

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Spend Less at Christmas???

And he puzzled three hours, til his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.” Maybe Christmas . . . perhaps . . . means a little bit more.” How the Grinch Stole Christmas Though...

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Countering the isms

The tree is glittering in the living room, gifts are wrapped perfectly underneath it, and stockings are sitting on the mantle stuffed with treats and toys. This appears to be the perfect picture of Christmas. But there’s something there which dictates the way we view...

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It’s an Advent Conspiracy

Sometimes I feel as if my world is too chaotic for the work of God. But, I am reminded in Advent that he comes. He comes in dangerous times. He comes to bring hope and life. He rolls back the evil. He enters with us and he brings us out. (Taken from a daily devotion...

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Proximity to Jesus and the CCDA

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the annual Christian Community Development Associationconference for the first time. I am so grateful I was able to have this experience. CCDA is an organization dedicated to “seeing Christians fully engaged in the process of...

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Voting as an Act of Justice

This coming Tuesday, November 8th, is election day. Midterm elections typically see a much lower turnout than presidential elections and therefore it is imperative that more people show up at the polls. Additionally, as Christians, it is equally important to get out...

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